POWER CHALLENGE & ITF AWARDS (weekend recap)

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HEYO it’s time for PART TWO of my week recap! Today’s is FRIDAY-SUNDAY and yesterday was MONDAY-FRIDAY because I write wayyyy too much and didn’t want to bombard you with my words ((all at once))! I feel kinda weird posting these because I don’t want to make it seem like I think my life is better than everyone…

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SCHOOL HAPPINESS & NEW LIFE THINGS! (weekday recap)

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It’s that time of the week again! Its MONDAY aka WEEK RECAP day and I’m happy to say that it is also WEEK TWO of my brand spankin’ new BLOG POSTIN’ SCHEDULE. If you forgot or didn’t see the post of IIH’s FB page, I will now be posting week recaps on sunday and monday //…

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Fitness Friday: FOOD IS FUEL

Hi and thanks for clicking-on over to my first ever FITNESS FRIDAY. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for so long and I am oh so excited to start doing post like this every week! Fitness / health / and nutrition are HUGE parts of my life and three things that I am…

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CONSUMING YOURSELF WITH YOURSELF

learning to move away from self-focused living and turning TOWARDS self-acceptance and love towards others.

Do you go through phases confidence and self-love? You may find yourself being super confident in one moment only to be taken down in an INSTANT by even the littlest things, such as: hearing a negative comment that a friend said about you *even if it wasn’t intended to hurt you*, looking in the mirror mid-day…

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FIRST WEEK O’ SCHOOL

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Journaling is very important to me. I would have no clue what I did the past week if I didn’t journal. It’s a little ridiculous how much I write down… (down to the littlest things!! Ex: “did my homework in bed”, “clean clothes!!” or *I swear I wrote it just like this* “LARABARS”) ;)) This post…

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LAST YEAR VS. THIS YEAR *LIFE CHANGES*

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I like to stop and think about how different my life was LAST YEAR. It’s quite strange to me that this time last year I was still at Montgomery Academy and preeeeeetty unsure of how life *for that year* was going to play out.  I’ve talked about it before *when discussing my anxiety/depression* so you may know…

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WHAT I’VE BEEN UP TO (END OF SUMMER)

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Bringing you a WEEK RECAP/HIGHLIGHTS REEL because blogging has been stressing me out to the max because…. I have way too much in my head and I hate to blog when I feel like I haven’t let you know what I’ve been up to / where I’ve been and I love blogging and desperately need…

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Wild Wild Wednesday (daily blog #3)

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hey hey heeeeeeeey! Welcome my Wednesday DAY IN DA LIFE blog. (it’s slightly more interesting than the last 2 days!) // Woke up Wednesday morning around 8:30 and let the normal “waking up” routine commence:: read my devotion for the day, finished/published my post to the blog + Facebook + instagram.  For breakfast, I had *SHOCKER*…

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Thoughts for Tuesday (daily blog #2)

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HEYO!!! WELCOME TO MY TUESDAY IT’S PRETTY CRAZY. Tuesday was another really happy day. Positivity and peace can really make your days better.  I was feeling really bad about myself a few days ago, I was confident that I needed to lose weight and ashamed of myself. I’m bad at talking about my struggles but…

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Monday Musings (daily blog #1!)

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hi hi hiiiiiiiiiiiii! This week I am going to DAILY BLOG in more of a ‘journal entry’ style to give *you* a look into what I do in a day {because I know you are dying to know! hehehe}    I tend to really like mondays. They give you a fresh, new start and a…

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Finding Light in Your Darkness (Guest Post!!!)

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Hello my lovely readers! Today you have the awesome privilege of reading this GUEST POST from Elizabeth Anne (Bizzy) Kocher! Bizzy is seriously one of the most precious people I know and she blew my away with this post!!! Bizzy is constantly encouraging me and my walk with the Lord; she shines for Him and uses her gifts…

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The Perfect Pre Workout Snack!

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I have had this quick and energy-boosting treat before almost every workout in the past few days. I don’t know why I had never thought of doing this before! It takes less than 5 minutes to whip up and is jam-packed with easily digestible, simple ingredients.  Pre workout snacks can be hard because you can’t…

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Be Body Positive!!!

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hello!  I feel like I have a million things running through my head right now and I NEED to get some thoughts ouuuuuuut of my brain. And what better place to put my thoughts than the internet?!?! Let’s jump into it.   As most of you know, confidence is something that I (along with most…

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Paleo Sausage Hash with Potatoes, Onions, and Peppers

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Hi there!!  You have no idea how easy this recipe is. Like it’s almost too easy… yet it LOOKS super fancy and it LOOKS like you put a lot of time into making this summery, fresh dish! It only requires 5 INGREDIENTS (plus salt + pepper) and you don’t even USE AN OVEN! We gobbled…

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Paleo Grocery Haul (Publix Edition) 

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This week, my mom and brother are up north on a college tour sooooo… I get to be the MOMMY of the family for the week! My dad will be at work during the day, so I’ll be watching over my little brother Will. I get to plan/make our meals, run errands and clean the…

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Failure is a good thing!

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[Thoughts from Tuesday June 30, 2015] Today, I learned an important lesson. I headed on over to Strength class at Irontribe this morning and was pretty stoked. This cycle is focusing on snatches (squat snatches for me!!!) which I love to work on because it’s very hard for me and requires a lot of focus…

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I found what I’m passionate about!!!

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hiiiiiiiiiiiii! Today let’s get right to it. What inspires you? What do you truly L I K E learning about or enjoy being passionate about?? Just think about it for a sec while I keep talking.. err… writing.  My brother Jack is really interested in linguistics. He really enjoys learning new languages, how they came…

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Being Back (time change, food problems, + new goals)

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hi hello how are you?? (for real. “how are you?” is my favorite question to answer honestly, even if I’m not doing well!) A N Y W A Y I’m happy to be here writing again!! We got back from Italy last Thursday and I think we are juuuuust getting used to Montgomery time again….

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Italy: DAY TWO (Venice)

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Day Two in Italy was a BLAST! We started off day two with a big breakfast at our hotel in the garden. I had tons of fruit, eggs, bacon, and coffee (my favorites) We had a scheduled 3 hour walking tour of San Marcos (The Doge’s Palace and the Basilica). Our tour guide was awesome….

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ITALY: Day One (Travel & Venice)

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DAY ONE / TRAVELING & VENICE  Thursday / Friday  June 12 ❃ 13  Our long awaited tour of Italy is finally here!! We are so excited and ready to go. On the morning of our departure, my dad headed to work for a little bit and the rest of us spent the morning finishing up all…

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My Four Tips for Dealing w/ Depression & Anxiety

  These four tips have helped me in my personal journey to overcome depression and anxiety. These are simple things that you can do to feel better and be on your way to recovery. There’s no such thing as a quick fix for this issue, but these tips can hopefully help. :):):)  If you haven’t yet, I…

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Week Recap: Chemical Burn, Crossfit, a Chipped Tooth & More!

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Curious about my week?? Keep reading for my latest obsessions + embarrassments!!  My whole family got back from Haiti last Thursday night and we had an awesome time. It was life changing and we are all excited to go back. I am planning on doing a recap/what I learned post from Haiti very soon!!  AND we are…

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Best Ever Smoothie Bowl

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I have just recently discovered how easy and delicious smoothie bowls are. At this point, I never want to go back to smoothies IN A CUP again! 😉 Smoothie bowls are so tasty because they are thicker than a shake that you would drink (MORE LIKE ICE CREAM) and you can top your bowl with…

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How to: Have A Perfect Body

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So it’s getting real here on the blog today.  Recently, a few of my friends and I have been into watching fitness/health vlogs ((youtube videos where individuals generally showcase their workouts and what they eat)). I think it’s inspiring and I like getting an “inside look” at other people’s lives. But is it really something…

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How Hannah Montana Influenced My Childhood

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Growing up, let’s say about ages 6-11 I was really, really into Hannah Montana. I was convinced she was the coolest and I was pretty sure she was my long lost twin. I thought we looked JUST alike and were at about the same level of talent. Watching her, I gained a sassy attitude and…

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How to: Access YOUR Creative Side

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**Confused about  the new blog name?! Read my last post, “Issy Is Happy.” I decided to just go for the name change so that my blog is just a little more ME! :):)  Happy Monday! I think Monday’s are great and they’re often my favorite days of the whole week. But it’s so important to…

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Issy Is Happy

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Issy is happy is my 2nd instagram account where I post about all the random, silly, little things that make me happy. I did the #100happydays challenge on my regular ~@isabelbarganier~ instagram account and I loved it! But I felt like ((after the challenge was over)) that continuing to post every day would get a…

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3 ~Legit~ Reasons to be Content

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In my devotion this morning, I read about contentment. Being content means to be in a state of peaceful happiness. Which is pretty great right? It’s difficult to be content because: life isn’t perfect and situations in our life don’t always go how we plan them. As humans, it seems like there is always someone or something that…

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Paleo Girl & A New Challenge

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Hi loves and welcome to today’s post! Thanks for stopping by 😉  I wanted to start by sharing some exciting news! The AMAZING and super talented Leslie Klenke allowed ME to be the cover story for her magazine Paleo Girl IRL.   First off, if you haven’t read her book Paleo Girl… then you are…

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Saturday Smiles ((One))

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Saturday numero uno of my new series// I’ll be picking ONE quote that sticks out to me, TWO cute or pretty photographs that I can’t help but share, and THREE scrumptious *get in my tummy now* recipes! <<1. F Scott Fitzgerald Quote:  This is an awesome quote by a brilliant guy. It’s incredibly accurate and very hopeful….

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MY STORY!

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Hey everybody! Hope you’re having a peaceful, enjoyable Sunday.  It’s not a secret that I think a paleo lifestyle is wonderful. I’ve never done this before, so I figured I might as well take some time to explain what has been going on recently. ((I would love to hear from you about this post and…

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Paleo Chocolate Energy Bites

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Let’s start this post off with a little bit of apologizing… I haven’t posted in a while and I feel so bad about it! BUT I was having a really hard time being “inspired”… I couldn’t think of anything to post// I did NOT want to force myself to write a post that wasn’t something…

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Homemade Dole Whip (Paleo)

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Today’s recipe is one of my faves, it’s the perfect treat to satisfy your sweet tooth. It takes 5 minutes to make, only uses a few simple ingredients, AND tastes just like the way too yummy DISNEY WORLD//LAND Dole Whip!    This recipe has no added sugar– it uses frozen fruit and coconut milk to…

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february favorites

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Hiya, Welcome to my faves things from February!!!  Keeping this post short and straight to the point. What have you loved this February?! Maybe I’ll pick up a few more favorites within the next 4 days but SO FAR these are what have stuck out to me FOR SURE. Happy Happy Tuesday!    1. peachy-green Tazo…

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Caramelized Brussel Sprouts w/ Sausage (step-by-step pictures)

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Shaved brussel sprouts caramelized with chopped dates and sausage- roasted to perfection in the skillet with just a few simple, mouthwatering ingredients: salt, olive oil, pepper, and coconut aminos. They taste unbelievably good!  Soooo paleo has been feeling a little boring this week. I grew slightly tired of nuts (even in the form of cookies, muffins,…

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Five Ways to Find Real Joy

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Being happy is super great. READ below to find out 5 ways to FIND real, true, pure, simple joy in your life– TODAY!   Wake up with positive attitude. Yep, it’s that simple– EVERY morning the first thing I say (even when I’m half-asleep and can barely force the words out of my mouth) is “Today…

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Paleo Chocolate//Sea Salt Nut Clusters

Satisfy your sweet tooth while staying on track with your paleo lifestyle and whip up these homemade salted-chocolate nut clusters!

Paleo Chocolate Nut Clusters with homemade chocolate & sea salt!  Are you guys ready to be in *healthy* chocolate heaven?!?! Today I have an AMAZING//SUPER SIMPLE paleo dessert for YOU!  Okay, so just because we’re paleo doesn’t mean we don’t still love dessert right?! Right. I have a major sweet tooth (it’s a blessing and…

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Paleo 101- Planning and (lots of) Meal Ideas

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Success with a paleo lifestyle is tough (especially if you are busy)– UNLESS you are prepared! Planning out your meals and snacks, plus making meals ahead of time is TRULY a life-saver.  On Sundays I love to make soup, grill chicken/burgers, and plan out meal and snack ideas for the week in front of me. …

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Paleo 101- What it is & what it isn’t!

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Hi everyone (my precious + eager readers)!  Today I am starting a series of “Paleo 101” posts that will hopefully help my readers understand and learn more about paleo living! From exactly WHAT it is, to how to plan, to how you’ll feel- I want to share I little bit of what I’ve learned with…

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One Pot Paleo Chili

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This chili is simple and scrumptious- the perfect quick and easy one pot paleo meal!  Soup is, for sure, one of my favorite comfort foods. It’s easy, tasty, and filling! It can be made in so many different, delicious ways. Some of my favorites are butternut squash and vegetable- two that we eat very often, especially…

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Creamy Paleo Chocolate Smoothie

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Oh. my. chocolate. This smoothie is off the charts. I am a frequent smoothie-eater and have just recently been super in love with chocolate smoothies. Paleo chocolate smoothies to be exact! Why wouldn’t I want to drink a chocolate shake for breakfast?–although this sudden cold weather isn’t really fueling my smoothie intake 😉 I’m not one…

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Comfort Zone

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My comfort zone. Or rather BREAKING OUT of my comfort zone.  This should be my number one New Year’s resolution… because I’m pretty awful at getting OUTSIDE my comfort zone and I’m starting to see the effects it has on my life. *not good effects*  It seems pretty harmless right? I mean, it’s safe/responsible to…

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Coconut Oil: why you need it!

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Coconut Oil. I’m sure you’ve heard of it and you may be thinking, “what’s the big deal?!” Coconut oil is the oil taken from the meat of matured coconuts. Unlike most fat sources, coconut oil does NOT store in your body– (building up in fat tissue) RATHER it is sent to the liver and converted…

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Sweet and Salty Paleo Granola {the best!}

This easy granola can be whipped up in no time- it's sweet, salty, chewy, and bursting with delicious flavor! (you'd never guess it's paleo!)

This easy granola can be whipped up in no time- it’s sweet, salty, chewy, and bursting with delicious flavor! (you’d never guess it’s paleo!)  On day five of my paleo challenge… I am feeling great! I am absolutely in love with eating 100% paleo. I have this new-found sense of confidence and am so happy to…

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My Cavegirl Life

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After reading an inspirational and super relevant (to my life) book, Paleo Girl, by Leslie Klenke, I was extremely motivated to “go paleo”. Her book is directed at teen girls who want to transition their whole lives to Primal living! (needless to say, it was awesome.) A life focused on positivity, whole/clean foods, an active lifestyle, and…

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Cranberry-Apple Larabar Copycat {gf, vegan, paleo}

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Sweet, naturally fruity, holiday flavors mixed up into an easy, healthy snack! {gf, vegan, paleo}    Larabars have always been one of my family’s favorite snacks. They provide quick energy, boast a glowing lists of simple ingredients, and taste amazing! I love the Peanut-Butter Chocolate Chip & the Blueberry Muffin flavors.  HOMEMADE Larabars are uber…

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Constant State of Want

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Why are we in a constant state of want? I am always in want. Nope, not in need (other than the life and death genre of need) but in want. I see something or think of something that appeals to me, and immediately assume/decide that I need it right then. Whether it be new shampoo…

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Chocolate-Gingerbread Squares with homemade chocolate syrup drizzle

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 These fudge-like bars are light and chocolatey with a hint of yummy gingerbread spice! Vegan, and gluten free… but you would never guess! As I was putting ornaments on our Christmas tree, for a moment, I really thought my mind was playing tricks on me. I started thinking about what I was doing… How could…

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